Course Description

This two-day review course is designed to prepare nurses working with critically ill patients to successfully pass the CCRN Certification Exam. The course provides participants with an overview of disease processes, treatments, and evidence-based practices used in caring for acute and critically ill patient populations. Using the nursing process, the course helps nurses to integrate expert knowledge into clinical practice. Taking this course will provide those taking the CCRN certification exam with information necessary for success.



At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe techniques and strategies for preparing for the CCRN Certification exam.
  2. Incorporate the pathophysiology of various disease states into the nursing assessment, diagnosing, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care.
  3. Identify outcome criteria and evaluative criteria used by nurses to determine effectiveness of nursing care in a critical care environment.
  4. Outline the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities inherent in being a Critical Care nurse caring for a variety of patients.


Course Topics

Course includes an overview of:

  • Test taking strategies
  • Ethics
  • Body systems
  • Hemodynamics
  • Common pathological illnesses and treatments
  • Nursing assessments and interventions
  • Sample questions

This course is also ideal for nurses who are new to critical care, those re-entering the field that desire a refresher course or who are transitioning from another area into critical care nursing.


Contact Hours

 13 Contact Hours Earned



Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN

Joanne has 20 years of experience in working in cardio thoracic, medical surgical and neuro ICU’s.  She developed and coordinates the Critical Care Course for a large multi-hospital medical system.  She supports critical care nurses in the clinical setting and teaches the Critical Care Certification courses both locally and nationally.  Joanne is a certified critical care nurse and certified nurse educator.

Upcoming Courses

April 30 – May 2, 2018

Sanford Medical Center

Fargo, ND

Download Brochure

Stay Connected